I’m not sure how long this has been going on, but the Nexus 10 is sold out over at the Google Play Store. Both the 16 GB and 32 GB models are gone, with no indication as to when they will again be available for sale. A simple message states: “We are out of inventory. Please check back soon.”
This marks yet another supply/demand issue for Google’s Nexus line since it was released shortly before Thanksgiving.
Google has been called to task for supply chain problems by news outlets around the world, especially in the UK where the company’s UK managing director offered an “unreserved apology” for the rash of confusion, shipping delays, and order fulfillment issues.
The Nexus 4 smartphone and Nexus 10 tablets have been immensely popular with Android users and I think the demand has far surpassed their original expectations. Android 4.2.1 is a big hit, and their phone and tablets ship with it. Google is new to retail sales, however, and their inexperience in this area might have something to do with the delays. I contacted their customer support about the status of my Nexus 10 order back in November and received a prompt reply and polite service, but others are reporting very different experiences.
Regardless of the snags, the Nexus 10 is the absolute best Android tablet on the market today. Even if you have to wait a few weeks, I would order one today if you have been considering it.
I went through five different tablets in the past year, looking for one that really met my needs. My search finally ended with the Nexus 10 16 GB. The Play store, the most up-to-date and completely unadulterated Android OS, the diversity of apps available; it just doesn’t get any better than this.
Google is not Amazon or Apple. They need time to transition into the hardware/supply game. In my opinion, it is worth the wait.
Image: screenshot of Google Play Nexus 10 listing as of 12/28